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Empty room at Oyster Bay budget hearings

John Venditto (R, I, C, Working Families), winner

John Venditto (R, I, C, Working Families), winner for Town of Oyster Bay supervisor (June 29, 2007)
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The Town of Oyster Bay held two hearings yesterday on its 2011 budget -- with no speakers.

The hearings, required by town statute, each ended in a few minutes. Town Supervisor John Venditto opened the two hearings -- at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. -- announced no one had signed up to speak, then had the town board vote to close them.

In the morning meeting, Venditto and town Comptroller Bob McEvoy briefly explained the budget. No board members said anything about the budget at either hearing.

Oyster Bay is one of three Long Island towns to propose a tax hike. The town wants to raise taxes by about 3.5 percent, or $31 for a home valued at $400,000.

But the tax increase didn't attract anyone wishing to speak about the budget.

Last week, Venditto predicted as much.

"There hasn't been a significant reaction," Venditto said of his discussions with residents. "For $30 a year, they're OK with it."

The board must adopt a budget by Nov. 20, according to the town code.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto

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